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Pininfarina finishes custom Eric Clapton Ferrari

The one-off, $4.7-million Ferrari is Clapton's modern-day 512 Berlinetta Boxer -- and it won't sit in his garage.

By AutoWeek Nov 8, 2012 12:53PM




Ferrari offers the option of personalization on every car that it sells, so long as you have the coin. But if you're really flush, like guitar legend Eric Clapton, and you are a preferred Ferrari customer, you can go even further.


When Clapton made the request for a 512 Boxer Berlinetta-inpsired version of the Ferrari 458 Italia, the company and its exclusive design house Pininfarina happily obliged. What they came up with was a true one-off called the SP12 EC and a price of $4.7 million.


The car retains the heart of the 458, a 4.5-liter V8 making 562 horsepower at a stratospheric 9,000 rpm. At one point, Clapton wanted a V12—like the 512's—but was persuaded that the 458 would be more practical and flexible. It would also make the build cheaper and easier.


When Ferrari Magazine asked if Clapton enjoyed the process, he said it was one of the most satisfying things he's ever done.


“There will never be anything like this again. This is me listening to Fangio and Ascari. It's all there,” said Clapton.


Ferrari SP12 EC (c) Ferrari


His first experience with Ferrari was when George Harrrison arrived at his house in a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC. Clapton said it was “the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.”


He's owned three BBs since then, one of which was damaged in a crash that Clapton says was his fault. He says the integrity of the 512's design may have saved his life. Clapton says the car won't just be a show piece: It will be driven (like all his cars).


“As much as it's a beautiful, one-off thing, it still has to be used properly. It's like riding a horse,” Clapton told Ferrari Magazine. “At some point you have to establish the relationships. So the truth is there might be a few dents along the way . . . it's going to happen. And I'm fine with that.”


-- Jake Lingeman

 

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130Comments
Nov 11, 2012 5:02AM
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Sometimes our EGO'S overshadow any HUMILITY that could ever come to light. Wonder what Eric is teaching at his REHAB? Money, Property, and Prestige? "The attainment of greater humility is the founding principle of ALL the Twelve-Steps". ENJOY THE RIDE!
Nov 11, 2012 5:00AM
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You deserve it Eric, you have always been my favorite artist and musician. Your guitar playing is second to none. You have written most all of my favorite songs. Enjoy it !
Nov 11, 2012 5:00AM
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Good for you, EC!  I'm always hoping to run into Eric @ the grocery store or something, as he lives near my zone; now I know what to look for!  I have had a hug saved for him for 25+ years for making the world a better place on so many levels.  He deserves this; he has given us earthlings so very much for so long that he deserves every thing he has & happiness to boot.  
Wishing Eric & his passengers safety, FUN & great moments in that gorgeous beast.
Nov 11, 2012 4:57AM
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The gas knob sticks out on the side of the car and looks  goofy/ugly, i think he should get $100,000 off.
Nov 11, 2012 4:43AM
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Freakin europeans put the steering wheel on the wrong side !
Nov 11, 2012 4:33AM
Nov 11, 2012 4:33AM
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clapton watch just sold at christies for millions quite an good investment, im sure this ferrari will also be good investment.. better than the stock market for sure..
Nov 11, 2012 3:49AM
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The car looks great!  I'm surprised it is $4.7 Million.  Seems like Eric Clapton got ripped off.  Couldn't he have bargained with Ferrari for a cool $4 Million instead?

Nov 11, 2012 3:47AM
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just another arrogant douchebag, well past his prime, taking all that he can before the grim reaper comes home to collect.
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